a reply to: OtherSideOfTheCoin
They were not talking about an all out ban when the 1903 pistols act came into force.
They were not talking about an all out ban when parliament responded to the Hungerford massacre with another act of parliament, and they were not
talking about an all out ban after Dunblane either.
And yet its only the 1.2 million people with a BOATLOAD of cash, and nothing better to do with it, in a nation of over sixty million people, who can
afford to either own the gear (because its been priced out for most people), or get a certificate or permit to own the damned things.
Thats like saying basically, that NO ONE has the RIGHT to bear arms, because one point two million people out of sixty plus, is a number you only
give a damn about if that number of people suddenly die. Statistically, they are an irrelevance, rare ducks, and you should read the bull crap hoops
they have to jump through with regard to what sort of stuff they can own. And NO ONE can carry in this country, unless they happen to have connections
to the police force, the diplomatic service or some other branch of government.
Sports shooting is all thats allowed these days, and god forbid you should ever fill out the question "what will you use your firearm for" on the
application for a firearm perimit, with the words "for defence of self and property against invasion by criminal threats, and for defence against
tyrannical overreach by government, in the event of government getting out of control", because you will be DENIED.
That, given the statistical irrelevance of the threat that spree killers pose in Britain, is bloody stupid. Its also ridiculous to live in that
situation, when our police are so understaffed that an armed unit cannot turn up to an armed robbery within three minutes, instead taking around
fifteen to respond, unless one is talking about in London of course, where things tend to get dealt with quicker, because money.